Tackling Technology

The pandemic has presented many challenges for all of us but, being an optimist, I always try to look for the positives in any situation!  In schools, one of the biggest of these has been the opportunity to get to grips with technology and find ways of using it to enhance our existing good practice.  […]

Our first term as cygnets

Our year 7 cygnets have now completed their very first half term here at The Swan.  Starting secondary school is always an exciting but somewhat nerve-wracking experience for students – this year has been even more so due to the disruption to the end of year 6.  Here, two students from 7B – Fiachra and […]

Freya Leech commended in Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2020

We are delighted to announce that Freya Leech (8B) has been selected as one of the 85 commended poets in the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2020. Freya was selected from over 6,000 entrants and over 15,000 poems this year from across the world, a truly amazing and impressive achievement. We would like […]

The Swan School celebrates National Poetry Day

On Thursday 1st October,  we celebrated National Poetry Day in style. Students came to the Library throughout their lunch break to enjoy our fantastic new collection of anthologies. They chose either to read a poem quietly, recite a poem out loud,  or write their own poem. They then wrote up on the whiteboard their own […]

COVID-19: Lessons from the educational frontline

As I am sure we can all agree, this has been a strange old time for all of us!  I don’t think that any of us working at The Swan could have predicted that we would spend nearly half of our first year educating students remotely – in all of the detailed mapping we did […]

European Day of Languages – and the winner is…

At The Swan, we are committed to the importance of modern foreign languages.  We believe that they are a vital way for us to learn to communicate with others, as well as developing an understanding and appreciation for other cultures.  All of our students study French, which they will continue to learn up until GCSE, […]

Let’s get reading – the first week of our brand new library!

It’s been a wonderful first week in the Library, and students have borrowed more than 100 books since opening day! We have plenty of books for all tastes and stages, so even if children are not yet keen readers they can come along to the Library and have a chat with Ms Bradburn or myself […]

Our brand new building

We have always said that what makes a great school is not the buildings themselves but the people within them.  Having said that, great facilities do make a difference so it was with great excitement this morning that we welcomed our cygnets back to school for the first time since March.  It has certainly been […]

It is school, but not as we know it.

When I first became a headteacher, the nugget of wisdom that I received time and time again from everyone I consulted was along the lines of, “everyday will be different, you just never know what is going to happen next”.  What the last few months have proved are that these words have never been so […]

World Book Day Update – We’ve Adopted a Chimp!

Thanks to their brilliant fundraising efforts, Swan students raised an impressive £54.15 on World Book Day by dressing up as their favourite book characters! The children had expressed that with the money raised, they wanted the money to go to a charity for chimpanzees.  The Swan School has used the money to adopt the chimp […]